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Sound Blaster E5

High Resolution USB DAC & Portable Headphone Amp

The Sound Blaster E5 is a 24-bit/192kHz high resolution USB DAC and portable headphone amplifier. Built with precision audiophile components, a best-in-class 600 ohm headphone amplifier and aptX technology for Bluetooth, the Sound Blaster E5 is the perfect audio component for music lovers, whether they are on the move or beside their PC/Mac.

$199.99

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Compact External USB DAC for PC / MAC

The Sound Blaster E5 is the result of Sound Blaster's relentless audio innovation since the PC era, backed by decades of legendary audio engineering expertise. With a proven track record of providing high-fidelity PC audio for discerning ears, the E5 now brings a high-resolution audio experience for your use with laptops, smart phones and tablets.

Designed For The Audiophile In You

The Sound Blaster E5 is designed from the ground up, to reproduce high-fidelity audio with minimum distortion and noise. It is built on the flagship Cirrus Logic CS4398 Digital-Analogue Converter (DAC), with an impressively high 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) that supports sample rates of up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution.

High-Resolution Audio Playback

Sound Blaster E5 is able to decode audio files ranging from MP3s and CDs (16-bit/44kHz) to high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz files, be it from your PC / Mac or other smart devices.

Time
Original
16-bit / 44.1kHz
24-bit / 192kHz

High-resolution audio is measured by bit depth and sample rate that are used in digital audio recording. The higher the number of bits, the closer the audio file is to the original sound.

16-bit / 44.1kHz
24-bit / 192kHz
LOW GAIN – 2.2Ω - 120Ω (GAIN: UP TO 5 dB)
HIGH GAIN - 120Ω - 600Ω (GAIN: UP TO 15 dB)

Powers High-impedance Headphones, With A Dual Gain Switch.

A best-in-class Texas Instrument TI6120A2 headphone amplifier enables you to power any of the headphones available in the market, giving you clarity, details and a total harmonic distortion value plus noise (THD+N) of <0.005%.

The headphone amplifier utilises a current-on-demand design in the headphone output, which enables the amplifier to respond quickly without the risk of output distortion. When a large amount of power is suddenly needed, the amplifier can respond extremely quickly without raising the noise floor and thus degrades the signal-to-noise ratio.

Have a variety of normal and power-demanding headphones in your collection? The dual gain switch also allows you to match your headphones to the correct impedance from the Sound Blaster E5. This gives you flexibility in listening to music at the most optimal playback volume.

Hi-Fi Companion For Your Mobile Devices

You can play digital audio direct from your iOS or Android* device via the Sound Blaster E5 to your headphones. Digital audio signals are sent from the device directly to the Sound Blaster E5, which decodes them without any degradation in audio quality. What you get is audio playback at its highest fidelity.

Click here for phone models that are compatible with this feature.

Enhanced Audio Realism with SBX Pro Studio

Enjoy immersive audio realism, with SBX Pro Studio when you are watching movies or playing games.

SBX Pro Studio can be switched off, when listening to high-quality lossless audio, so that you may get to enjoy the songs unprocessed, in the way you desire.

Click to learn more about SBX Pro Studio.

Stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth

The Sound Blaster E5 features Bluetooth 4.1 with NFC technology for one-touch, fuss-free Bluetooth pairing. A wide range of Bluetooth streaming codecs such as aptX Low Latency, AAC and SBC which enhances audio quality wirelessly, are also supported.

Very Low Output Impedance - 2.2 Ohm

Headphones, like consumer speakers, have defined classes allowing manufacturers of amplifiers, receivers, etc to design with those standards in mind. Generally different types of headphone fall between 16-32 ohm for consumer or home applications and 600 ohm for broadcast applications.

When designing the Sound Blaster E5, our engineers pushed boundaries by specially engineering the headphone amplifier circuit with a very low output impedance of 2.2 ohm. This allows the Sound Blaster E5 to accommodate both extreme ends of headphones in the market - from the most demanding high-impedance studio headphones to the most sensitive low-impedance in-ear monitors - while minimizing the introduction of distortion to audio content caused by variance in frequency response.

Dual Orientation Recording with CrystalVoice™ Technology

The Sound Blaster E5 records via built-in dual microphones with auto-orientation sensor that reacts to landscape or portrait orientation, allowing stereo recording to smartphones or tablets.

The Sound Blaster E5 also features CrystalVoice™ Technology, a suite of audio recording enhancements built into the digital signal processor (DSP) that reduces noise and provides for clear calls and voice recordings, be it from mobile phones or via Skype conferencing.

Communication profiles such as A2DP, HFP and AVRCP are supported for voice calls.

Dual Headphone Outputs

Dual headphone output lets you and your loved one enjoy your favourite tracks simultaneously!

Multiple Input Connectivity Options

Sound Blaster E5 sports a Cirrus Logic CS5361 114 dB, 192kHz stereo Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC) that allows audio recordings of the highest fidelity to your device, be it PC, Mac or even smart devices.

In addition, Optical I/O supplements the Line I/O to offer unparalleled connectivity options from and to digital and analog sources, such as today's gaming console, high-definition media player and even modern TVs.

Jitter-free Audio Playback

The Sound Blaster E5 supports asynchronous mode which is superior to other USB data transfer modes. Data is 'pulled' from the computer under the control of the Sound Blaster E5, not 'pushed' to the DAC.

This allows the DAC to process the digital signal at its optimal timing, thereby ensuring the lowest possible output jitter and best possible sound quality with minimal distortion.

MFi-certified for Apple iOS

The Sound Blaster E5 is a MFi-approved product, designed to work seamlessly with iPod, iPhone, or iPad, and has been certified to meet Apple's performance standards.

Long Battery Life

The Sound Blaster E5 is equipped with a 3200mAh battery, which offers up to 8 hours1 of playback, even when using the Bluetooth connectivity option.

Sound Blaster E5 also allows Android users to charge their smart phones while on the go.

1 Actual battery life will vary with usage scenarios, settings and environmental conditions.

Optimize Your Sound, with SB-AXX1™ Multi-core Processor

Sound Blaster E5 is built to also entertain. Incorporated into Sound Blaster E5 is a SB-Axx1 multi-core processor, designed to improve audio experiences, such as increasing the depth and spatial width of the audio you hear, be it in movies or gaming.

The SB-Axx1 processor also saves all your audio EQ settings so that you can enjoy your personalised sound, whether the Sound Blaster E5 is connected to a computer, or as a stand-alone headphone amplifier.

Sound Blaster Central

Backed by multi-platform software for iOS & Android™

Get extensive audio control right in the palm of your hand with the free Sound Blaster Central app for iOS and Android devices. Use it to wirelessly customize all your Sound Blaster audio E5 settings so you hear audio, just the way you want it.

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REVIEWS

  • Audio & Visual Pro Gears

    The Sound Blaster E5 produced a well-balanced and detailed audio quality without changing anything from the software. I tried playing several games, like CoD: Advanced Warfare and Shadow of Mordor using my B&W P7. The experience was great and very immersive.

    Sound Blaster E5

    2015-03-03

  • The PC Enthusiast

    I have been using the Sound Blaster E5 for several weeks now, and it didn’t disappoint me at all. If I have four arms, I would have given it not just two thumbs up, but four. I would say the E5 is a fantastic all around DAC/AMP that will serve both gamers, PC enthusiasts, music lovers and audiophiles alike.

    Sound Blaster E5

    2015-03-02

  • LANOC

    So going into my E5 testing I expected it to perform better but when I hooked it up I was taken back. The E5 sounds amazing right out of the hole when hooked up as a DAC through USB. My initial testing was using a high quality set of earbuds hooked up to my main PC.

    Sound Blaster E5

    2015-02-02

  • Tech Radar

    The sound quality that comes out of this diminutive device is outstanding. Creative's SB-Axx1 audio silicon has shown its worth in things like the EVO headsets and the mega-amp, the Creative Sound Blaster X7, and even in this little chassis it packs a punch.

    Sound Blaster E5

    2015-02-02

  • Headfonics

    The Sound Blaster E5’s BT performance is excellent and really is a key persuader. Match it with say an aptX compatible mobile phone you are talking above average quality and something I can happily listen to on the go.

    Sound Blaster E5

    2015-01-30

  • PC World

    This portable DAC and headphone amp is an audio powerhouse.

    Sound Blaster E5

    2014-10-08

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Customer Reviews

  • J. Wong

    Excellent gadget to enhance your listening experience with several use scenarios. As a in car amp via AUX, and even an enhance phone car mic to car speakers via Bluetooth. As a Optical In to Headphones out for TV and Game consoles such as Xbox360. Amp on the go. PC Amp. Amp to any speakers via AUX, Optical Out Probably due to the high end internal components, the size is not exactly that pocketable. Maybe need to be in a bag for on the go moments.

  • J. Jory

    Quite impressed with all areas of the product. Simple to setup software on both phone and PC. Massive difference in audio quality that brought a smile to my face. My headphones, car audio and theatre have never sounded so good, even my 15/year old headphones sound amazing. Wish I had bought this a lot earlier.

  • W. E. J. Lee

    The device works as advertised, the sound quality is being enhance through the use of the devices with my Bose in-ear headphones compare to connecting directly to the iPhone. It also gives me an option to connect wirelessly to my headphone via Bluetooth function. Overall a value for money device.

A Closer Look At Your Product

    • SPECIFICATIONS
    • Output Stereo
    • Audio Processor SB-Axx1™
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) 120dB (DAC)
    • Connectivity Options (Main) microUSB
      Line / Mic / Optical In: 1 x 3.5mm jack
      Headphone Out : 2 x 3.5mm jacks
      Line / Optical Out : 1 x 3.5mm jack
      USB Host Streaming: 1 x Type-A USB Port
    • Max Channel Output Stereo
    • Audio Technologies SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice
    • Learn More
    • System Requirements
      • Windows
        • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD® equivalent processor (2.8 GHz or faster recommended)
        • Intel, AMD or 100% compatible motherboard
        • Microsoft® Windows® 8.1/8.0 32/64-bit, Windows 7 32/64-bit, Windows Vista® 32/64-bit SP1 or higher
        • 1GB RAM
        • >600 MB of free hard disk space
        • Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Speed recommended with driver)

      • Macintosh
        • Macintosh running Mac® OS X® 10.6.8 or higher
        • 1GB RAM
        • >600 MB of free hard disk space
        • Available USB 2.0/3.0 port (High Speed recommended with software)

      • iOS
        • iPhones/iPads running iOS 6.0 or higher for Bluetooth^
        • iPhones/iPads running iOS 6.0 or higher for USB Host Audio streaming via Lightning port

      ^ Devices must support Bluetooth 4.1 (Low Energy) or higher

      • Android
        • Phones/Tablets running Android 2.3 or higher for Bluetooth
        • Phones/Tablets running Android 4.1 or higher for USB Host Streaming *

      * Devices firmware must implement AOA2 protocol that support USB Host Streaming

    • Download Drivers
    • Owner's Manual
    • PACKAGE CONTENTS
      • Sound Blaster E5
      • Quick Start Leaflet
      • Warranty Leaflet
      • microUSB Cable
      • Desk Stand
      • 2x Elastic Band
      • Mini TOSLINK cable
    • WARRANTY
    • 1-year limited hardware warranty

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High Resolution USB DAC & Portable Headphone Amp

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